Garlic Parmesan Wings

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These golden-brown, juicy homemade Garlic Parmesan Wings are better than your favorite restaurant wings! Cooked to perfection in the air fryer, these wings are a quick and easy entrée, appetizer, or side dish. 

These garlic parmesan chicken wings are always the most popular finger food at game-day parties, barbecues, and potlucks. With a crispy, seasoned outside and juicy tender chicken on the inside, these cheesy, garlicky wings will not last long! Serve them as-is or pair them with a side of ranch and carrots or celery sticks to round out this bold and salty dish. 

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Garlic Parmesan Wings

One of the best things about this recipe is that you can have a platter full of piping hot wings ready to be enjoyed in less than 30 minutes. Cooking your garlic parmesan wings in the air fryer allows for the skin of the wings to crisp without making the chicken tough. These wings really do strike the perfect balance between crispy, juicy, meaty, rich, and salty!

garlic parmesan air fryer chicken wings lined on a plate

Ingredient Notes

  • Chicken Wings—I prefer drumettes, but you can also use wingettes.
  • Parmesan Cheese—Freshly grated will give these wings a sharp, but creamy flavor.
  • Vegetable Oil—To help the seasoning stick to the wings. Also gives the chicken a crispy exterior.
  • Garlic Powder—Or a few cloves of freshly minced garlic.
  • Salt—Finely ground.

How to Make Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan Wings

  1. In a large bowl, toss together the wings, parmesan cheese, vegetable oil, garlic powder, and salt until the chicken is evenly coated in the spices. 
  2. Air fry the wings until crispy on the outside and no longer pink in the middle.
  3. Garnish with extra parmesan, serve, and enjoy!
raw ingredients for parmesan chicken wings

Frequently Asked Questions

What does garlic parmesan taste like?

Imagine your favorite garlic bread seasoning on a juicy, golden chicken wing. With each bite, you taste the unmistakable flavor of garlic balanced out by the sharpness of the parmesan. There’s a reason that this addictive wing flavor is a classic!

Are wings better in the oven or air fryer?

When cooking homemade chicken wings in the air fryer, you will find that they tend to come out crispier than oven-baked wings. However, if you don’t have an air fryer, baking your parmesan garlic wings in the oven is still a good option. Although they’ll be a little less crispy, the wings will still taste wonderful. 

Why are my air fryer wings soggy?

There can be a few reasons that your wings are coming out soggy from the air fryer. First, the wings may have been wet or damp. Make sure the wings are completely dry before you add the oil and seasonings. Second, you might have put too many wings in the air fryer basket at once, making it more difficult for the heat to circulate and cook the chicken evenly.

pale gold chicken drumsticks in the air fryer basket

How to Make Garlic Parmesan Wings in the Oven

If you don’t have an air fryer, don’t worry! You can still enjoy these tasty wings in the oven.  

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  2. Prepare the chicken wings as normal, tossing them in the oil, parmesan, garlic, and salt.
  3. Place the wings on a baking sheet lined with tin foil; make sure they’re evenly spaced.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes, flip the wings over, and finish baking for an additional 15 minutes.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

How to Serve and Store Super Crispy Garlic Parmesan Wings

If you want to prepare the wings before you cook them, they can stay uncooked in the fridge for up to 24 hours. Once cooked, you can store these wings in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. When you are ready to eat them again, simply reheat them in the air fryer or microwave until warm!

These garlic parmesan wings are great as an entrée or as an appetizer for game day! Garnish them with an extra sprinkling of parmesan cheese or some fresh chopped parsley for an elegant look. Alternatively, you can serve them with some ranch or blue cheese dressing for a bit of added moisture and creaminess. These air fryer garlic parmesan wings are a bit of a messy finger food, so be sure to have plenty of napkins on hand!

garlic parmesan air fryer chicken wings stacked on a plate

Expert Tips and Tricks

  • About halfway through cooking the wings, flip them over to ensure that all sides are cooked evenly and crisp all the way around. 
  • The vegetable oil is what gives these wings their golden-brown color. If you don’t have vegetable oil, you can also use avocado or olive oil. 
  • You’ll know that your crispy garlic parmesan wings are done cooking when a thermometer inserted into the center of one reads 165°F.

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garlic parmesan air fryer chicken wings stacked on a plate
5 from 2 votes

Garlic Parmesan Wings

Garlic Parmesan Wings are better than your favorite restaurant wings! Cooked to perfection in the air fryer, these wings are a quick and easy entrée, appetizer, or side dish. 
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 2-3 pounds chicken wings
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese


  • Preheat your air fryer to 340°F for 5 minutes. While the air fryer is preheating, combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl and toss until the chicken wings are evenly coated.
  • Place half of your wings in the air fryer basket and cook for 15-20 minutes at 340°F, or until the wings reach an internal temperature of 165°F.
  • Repeat the cooking process with the remaining batch of wings.
  • Serve and enjoy!


  • This simple recipe is great when you need an entree or side in under an hour. You can also whip up the wings and store them in the fridge uncooked for up to 24 hours.
  • Once cooked, you can store these wings in the fridge for up to 3 days. They can be reheated in the air fryer or in the microwave.
  • You can substitute the garlic powder for 2 cloves of freshly minced garlic.
  • These wings are great topped with a little bit of extra parmesan cheese.
  • The vegetable oil helps give the wings their golden brown color. If you do not have vegetable oil, you can also use canola or olive oil.


Serving: 4drumettes or 7 wingettes (approx), Calories: 495kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 32g, Fat: 40g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 12g, Monounsaturated Fat: 13g, Trans Fat: 0.3g, Cholesterol: 111mg, Sodium: 1363mg, Potassium: 232mg, Fiber: 0.1g, Sugar: 0.2g, Vitamin A: 375IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 312mg, Iron: 1mg
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Get ready to up your wing game with these incredible Garlic Parmesan Wings. With their irresistible golden-brown appearance and juicy tenderness, they surpass the offerings of any restaurant.

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